A-League: Wellington Phoenix women fight back to beat league-leading Perth Glory in Auckland

  • 26/11/2023

Wellington Phoenix women have fought back from a goal down to beat league-leading Perth Glory at Go Media Stadium in Auckland on Saturday.

The win is the side's fourth in their last five games - already surpassing las season's total – and leaves them third on the A-League Women ladder, just a point shy of the Glory and Melbourne City.

It also rounded out the Mt Smart doubleheader in style, coming immediately after their men's counterparts had edged Melbourne City by a goal.

After conceding the match's opening goal to Millie Farrow, the Phoenix responded through American wing Hope Breslin, who fired a shot low and left after latching on to a pass from Annalie Longo to square the ledger in the 48th minute.

Players celebrate Chloe Knott's goal.
Players celebrate Chloe Knott's goal. Photo credit: Photosport

The winner came 13 minutes later from Chloe Knott, who headed a rebound off the crossbar from Mariana Speckmaier's own long, looping header into the back of the net.

"It's a big result for us to beat Perth who were obviously flying high," Phoenix head coach Paul Temple said after the game.

"I thought in the first half we played some really good football. We combined well...and I think we were just lacking in the final third - decision-making and a little bit of quality. But the first two thirds of the build-up was really good.

"Bit disappointed to go in [to halftime] down because it was our error that led to the goal, but that's what happens when you play this way.

"We talked at halftime and felt like we had enough to come back out and win the game so it was nice to see that.

"We saw a different side of the performance in the last 20-30 minutes where we were strong, we were resolute, we didn't really give away any big chances and we defended really well and sometimes you need that."

The Phoenix now take a break for an international window, before returning to face Melbourne Victory at Porirua Park on December 10.

Wellington Phoenix 2 (Breslin 48th min, Knott 61st min) Perth Glory 1 (Farrow 21st min)